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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Bringing Big Band Swing & Style to Start Performing Arts Series

September 30, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater will be transformed into one of America's great concert halls when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings the big band sounds of Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman and Count Basie to town for a spectacular show that kicks off the college's 2011-12 Performing Arts Series.

     Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
 


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Friday, October 7 - 8 p.m.
Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Performing Arts Series

  Tickets: $23-$27 for adults and $20 for students.  There are discounts for 
  purchasing tickets for multiple Performing Arts Series shows.

  Seating is reserved.  Purchase or reserve tickets through the Hatfield Hall 
  ticket office by calling (812) 877-8544 or visiting from 1-5 p.m. weekdays 
  and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

  Learn more about other Performing Arts Series shows at www.hatfieldhall.com.
 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD) carries on the tradition of the legendary big bands and orchestras, and is committed to the swing era lifestyle, with classic suit and fedora styling and gentlemanly demeanor.  The group has become one of the most popular touring bands on the road today, performing over 100 concerts each year.

Since their arrival on the music scene in 1993 in a legendary residency at Los Angeles' Brown Derby nightclub, BBVD's irresistible live show and aggressive, musically perceptive approach has proven them over time to be the singular standout among the numerous bands that launched the 90's swing revival.  The nine-man group forged a massively successful fusion of classic American sounds from jazz, swing, Dixieland and big-band music, building their own songbook of original dance tunes, and, 16 years later, BBVD is a veteran force that to this day adds new fans by the roomful every time they play.

BBVD's originals thrust the group into its first phase of stardom, when "You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)" and "Go Daddy-O" were featured in the 1996 independent film landmark "Swingers."  The group, named famously after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, sold more than two million copies of the albums Americana Deluxe and This Beautiful Life, while the band's music has appeared in over 60 movies and television shows.  With their 2003 New Orleans-inspired album Save My Soul, BBVD began playing in theaters and performing arts centers, like Rose-Hulman's Hatfield Hall.  The band's career milestones have included appearances in the Super Bowl halftime show, writing theme music for ESPN and network television, and performing for three American presidents.

And now, BBVD's songs have passed into the classic American songbook, playing alongside pop standard songs in film and television, and even on reality competitions like "Dancing With the Stars."

Fans span generations, filling concert halls around the country for shows that transport them back to a more wholesome, optimistic period.  In fact, young adult fans regularly show up dressed in '40s-era outfits and dance sophisticated swing routines.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's eighth studio album, "How Big Can You Get?," captures the essence of an American icon, Calloway, in a rowdy celebration of musicianship, mischief, genius, street smarts and fun. It's also brings a high-voltage jolt of winning, feel-good energy to a country slogging through tough times that may be getting tougher . . . exactly the way that Calloway's music did in the Depression-era America of his own youth.

"Making the album was one of our biggest musical moments," stated lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Scotty Morris in a press release for the album's release.  He co-founded the group with drummer Kurt Sodergren in southern California.  "I couldn't be more proud that this is the album we've made at this moment."

Learn more about BBVD and listen to their music at www.bbvd.com/theatre_home.html.